Basketball may not be a huge attraction in their homeland, but that's not stopping the Rolling Stones from tossing their musical weight behind a new National Basketball Association (NBA) television ad in the U.S. Footage of the veteran rock act will be interspersed with highlights of star players such as Shaquille O'Neal and Jason Kidd in the latest spots of the NBA's "Love it Live" campaign.
VH1 has revamped its annual fan-driven My VH1 Music Awards show, giving it a new name and broadening the scope of the categories to include other forms of entertainment. Rechristened the VH1 Big in 2002 Awards, the event will take place in December at a Los Angeles venue to be announced. Voting for winners will continue to take place online at vh1.com.
Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney said yesterday (Oct. 27) that he will postpone the final and biggest concert of his current world tour out of respect for the victims of the Bali bomb blasts. The artist's only Australian show was slated for Nov. 23 in Melbourne in front of more than 30,000 fans, and was to be his first date on the continent in more than a decade.
Jay-Z apparently believes in the adage "You're only as good as your last hit." For his eighth Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam set, "The Blueprint 2: The Gift and the Curse" (due Nov. 12), the Brooklyn, N.Y., MC has crafted a sequel of sorts to 2001's Grammy Award-nominated "The Blueprint."
2001 - Lonestar frontman Richie McDonald runs in the 26th annual Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C. McDonald raises over $1,000 in pledge money for patients at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
With the release of their Atlantic debut "Spend the Night," longtime indie outfit the Donnas are attempting to come to terms with the increased publicity that normally surrounds a buzz band on the rise. Bassist Maya Ford (aka Donna F.) tells Billboard.com that the all-girl band has serious problems with being lumped in with such pop acts as Avril Lavigne and Pink.
Linkin Park is wrapping up work on its Warner Bros. studio album with eyes on an early 2003 release and a subsequent tour. Producing again is Don Gilmore (Eve 6), who manned the console for the group's 2000 seven-times-platinum breakthrough, "Hybrid Theory." Since starting work on the record in the wake of this summer's stop-gap remix disc "Reanimation," the group has trimmed 15 songs down to 12, with vocalists Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda now finalizing their parts.
Tom Dowd, a legendary record producer and engineer who worked with Aretha Franklin, Eric Clapton, and a host of other stars spanning jazz, soul and rock over 50 years, has died in south Florida at age 77. Among the numerous hits he had a hand in was Derek And The Dominos' "Layla," the rock classic featuring the dueling guitars of Clapton and the late Duane Allman.
Veteran rap act Cypress Hill has scheduled its fifth annual Smoke Out event for Nov. 23 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The notoriously pro-marijuana group will be joined by a long list of fellow hip-hop artists and hard rock acts, including Snoop Dogg, Mudvayne, Kool Keith, Redman, the Circle Jerks, Everlast, and Taproot.